Lyssenko, Nikita and Martinez-Espineira, Roberto (2009): Respondent uncertainty in contingent valuation: the case of whale conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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In this paper we investigate the issue of respondent uncertainty in contingent valuation studies while estimating the willingness to pay for a whale conservation program o¤ the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. We use data from a phone survey administered to a sample (N=614) of adult Canadians, proposing a policy consisting of subsidizing and enforcing the use of acoustic devices that would reduce the likelihood that whales become entangled in �shing nets. A follow-up question asked respondents how certain they were about their answer to the main dichotomous-choice question, which allows us to investigate how the treatment of uncertainty a¤ects value measures. A mean willingness to pay of about $81/year per respondent is estimated when accounting for the degree of certainty with which respondents expressed their willingness to pay. We also analyze payment vehicle e¤ects using a split-sample approach whereby some respondents were asked a dichotomous-choice question about a tax contribution while others were asked about a voluntary donation instead.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Respondent uncertainty in contingent valuation: the case of whale conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Keywords:||contingent valuation; whales; preference uncertainty; dichotomous choice; payment vehicle; willingness to pay|
|Subjects:||Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q51 - Valuation of Environmental Effects
|Depositing User:||Roberto Martinez-Espineira|
|Date Deposited:||09. Apr 2010 20:20|
|Last Modified:||20. Feb 2013 18:32|
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